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are at last fixed. Winnington is to be Paymaster ; Sandys, Cofferer, on resigning the Exchequer to Mr. Pelham; Sir John Eushout, Treasurer of the Navy ; and Harry Fox, Lord of the Treasury. Mr. Compton B and Gybbon remain at that board. Wat Plumber, a known man, said the other day, ' Zounds, Mr. Pulteney took those old dish clouts to wipe out the Treasury, and now they are going to lace them and lay them up!' It is a most just idea: to be sure, Sandys and Eushout, and their fellows, are dishclouts, if dishclouts there are in the world : and now to lace them ! The Duke of Marlborough has resigned everything, to reinstate himself in the old Duchess's will6. She said the other day, ' It is very natural: he listed as soldiers do when they are drunk, and repented when he was sober.' So much for news: now for your letters.
All joy to Mr. Whithed on the increase of his family ! and joy to you ; for now he is established in so comfortable a way, I trust you will not lose him soon—et la Dame s'appelle ?
If my Lady W. has a mind once in her life to speak truth, or to foretell,—the latter of which has as seldom anything to do with truth as her ladyship has,—why she may now about the Tesi's dog, for I shall certainly forget what it would be in vain to remember. My dear Sir, how should one convey a dog to Florence! There are no travelling Princes of Saxe-Gotha or Modena here at present, who would carry a little dog in a nutshell. The poor Maltese cats, to the tune of how many! never arrived here j and how should one little dog ever find its way to Florence ! But tell me, and, if it is possible, I will send it. Was it to be a greyhound, or of King Charles's breed? It was
6 Hon. George Compton, M.P. for      by Ms marriage with a daughter of
Northampton, afterwards s^xth Earl      Lord Trevor, and by joining the
of Northampton.                                  Court Party (from whom he re-
6 He had offendedhis grandmother      ceived various preferments), in 1738.